Trieste, Italy (PortSEurope) December 5, 2018 – A shipment of 22 tonnes of bananas from India has been handled at Trieste port, which will be donated to 51,000 poor people in the Friuli Venezia Giulia and Veneto regions.
The initiative is part of “Banana4growth”, a development cooperation project cofinanced with regional funds, of which Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Adriatic Sea Port Authority) is the leading partner together with the University of Udine, the University of Tamil Nadu and the Tamil Nadu Banana Producers Association.
With a total budget of €150,000 ($170,400), Banana4growth aims to help the banana producers of Tamil Nadu, a state in South India, in the realisation of more modern production and transport processes, suited to the quality and timeline standards required by foreign markets.
India is the world’s leading banana producer. However, due to the production and transport methods, they cannot be sold abroad. The main objective of the initiative was the construction of a prototype conveyor belt to transfer the bananas from the harvesting field in a faster and more efficient way, preserving the quality of the product.
A crucial role was also reserved for the specific training for the transport of goods from India to Trieste, identified as a gateway for reaching the European market.
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